ERIC Number: ED365652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (DARE). Evaluation Report.
Blasik, Katherine A.; Belsito, Roseanne
This paper presents an evaluation of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program, an integral part of the fifth grade curriculum in 84 elementary schools in the Broward County (Florida) Public Schools. During the 1992-93 school year, nearly 12,000 fifth grade students attended DARE classes taught by 43 trained law enforcement officers. Attitudinal and informational questionnaires, designed to assess the effectiveness of DARE and to determine program costs to law enforcement agencies, were completed by students, parents, teachers, principals, officer/instructors, and law enforcement supervisors. Survey results show that: (1) DARE is popular as judged by all respondent groups; (2) all supervisors indicated that positive public relations between youth and police were worth costs incurred by law enforcement agencies; and (3) officers were enthusiastic about their role indicating that the training, teaching, and extra time spent were rewarded by students' increased drug awareness. A positive attitude towards police officers was a side-effect of DARE. Nearly all student respondents indicated that they had learned a lot, liked the officers, and wished the program was longer. Over 94 percent of the 110 parents (58% of all parents) who answered the questionnaires felt that DARE was good for their children. (LL)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Cooperative Programs, Drug Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Health Education, Health Promotion, Intermediate Grades, National Programs, Partnerships in Education, Police School Relationship, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Broward County School Board, Fort Lauderdale, FL.